|University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter||June 21, 1996|
"We've already proven this cooperation works for our two schools and the constituents we serve," Lind said. "Now we want to improve it."
Ross said, "We reached the point of maturity in our relationship (with UAS) that we decided it was timely to create an umbrella arrangement for further points of collaboration."
The agreement was signed in Whitehorse (June 10). Lind and other UAS officials were there to take part in commencement for 25 Yukon residents who had just completed a three year Master of Education degree program through UAS.
The agreement calls for jointly designed curriculum and programs, facilitated student transfers, cooperative research programs, shared research findings, staff exchanges, and coordination of international gatherings.
Ross said educational partners like UAS provide degree and postgraduate degree opportunities Yukon College can't afford to offer. " We have collaborated (with UAS) on a Master of Public Administration degree that was highly valued here as well as a Master of Education Degree. The latter program produced a very happy and confident array of graduates this past weekend."
In addition to the basic expansion of the food preparation and service areas the bid alternates call for creating a coffee shop, a multipurpose meeting/banquet room, accessibility corrections to the rest rooms, improvements to the existing seating areas and new lighting, ventilation and carpeting.
The remodel is not expected to be completed until after the first couple weeks of fall semester classes. Until then meals will be prepared off campus and delivered to students. "Our new residence hall students will be surprised to find that we are going to feed them up at student housing," according to Housing Director Tish Griffin. When the remodel is completed residence hall students will take their meals in the new Mourant food service area.
Longtime adjunct teacher Rod Landis is taking a permanent, tenure-track English professor post this fall. Landis has been a part-time instructor in Ketchikan for four years. He worked full-time on campus in 1995-96 with a diverse portfolio: counselor, part-time instructor, interim head of the English department, organizer of an advisory board for a prospective health and human services program.
Landis has a master of arts degree in teaching English from the University of Georgia. He's taught in secondary classrooms in Georgia and Alaska and has been an educational therapist in youth programs. During his part-time and full-time stint at Ketchikan campus, Landis team-taught several times and produced a course for distance delivery.
The Ketchikan campus is also hiring adjunct instructor Dorthy Armstrong as the new head of the Business Administration program. Armstrong taught accounting and business courses at Ketchikan campus for two years while she worked full-time for Ketchikan's municipal utilities and government. She previously taught part-time for about five years at City University in Bellevue, Wash. -- the institution where she earned an M.B.A. in 1989.
Armstrong was accounting manager for the City of Ketchikan when she took the college faculty post.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a $136,500 contribution to the college in its FY 1997 budget. That's an increase of nearly 16 percent from the previous year. The outlay maintains borough support for the campus Learning Center and Ketchikan Career Center, which provides adult education in maritime, professional and technical fields. The Ketchikan assembly increased funding for FY 1997 in accordance with the campus's proposal to hire a coordinator of health and human services education. The Ketchikan campus would split the cost of the post with local government.
Patricia (Tia) Thornton, who will coordinate their visit, said, "I hope to be able to provide them an introduction to the history and local culture of Juneau." Thornton is working on a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley on Chinese politics and has spent an academic year in both mainland China and in Taiwan.
The Taiwanese will spend half a day studying English and the other half learning about American culture. The group will stay in UAS student housing. Thornton, who speaks Chinese, plans to organize off-campus activities that emphasize Juneau's history, the indigenous culture, the natural environment, and cross cultural exchanges. She also plans to work with the Juneau Chinese community and the local Sister City committee.
Alice Tersteeg, Juneau campus art professor and "Explorations" art editor, oversaw the award of three prizes worth $175 to UAS students whose work appears in the magazine: Karen Gilbank, 1st place for "Contemplation," and Dianne Anderson, 2nd place for "Moon Geese" and 3rd place for "Ice Passages." The art competition is open to UAS students only.
Art Petersen, Juneau campus English professor and "Explorations" editor said, "We are honored to serve as a sounding board for poets and writers in Juneau, Southeast, and all of Alaska as well as the rest of the U.S., Canada, and Europe."
Peggy Shumaker, an internationally published poet from the Fairbanks campus, awarded the "Explorations '96" prizes for poetry and prose. Next year, prominent Alaska writer and poet John Haines will be the board's special member.
"Explorations '96" may be obtained at the UAS Bookstore after July 1 or by contacting Petersen. He also has guidelines for "Explorations '97".
Saturday, June 22, noon to 6 p.m. free hydro bike rentals on Auke Lake for students with summer ID. Two singles and two doubles are available.
Saturday, June 29: glacier flight-seeing trips, weather permitting. The 35 minute ice cap tour is for students with summer ID. Participants must sign up in the Student Activities office. Family members may take part on a space available basis. The cost is $20 per student. A deposit/co-payment is required at sign-up. This offer is limited to 15 summer students. Airport transportation may be coordinated at the Student Activities office.
Hikes are schedule for July 16 at 10 a.m. on the Point Bridget Trail and on July 24 at 10 a.m. on the Granite Creek Trail.
Future ties depend on feasibility according to Ohler, who discussed the UAS education technology program at the conference. Ohler also found the university and graduate students who attended the conference were interested in telemedicine and distance education.
Ohler says officials in the Czech Republic haven't had money to buy technology until recently. "Even through they don't have much technology now, they can benefit if they use the time wisely. They can look at the technology that's coming."
Ohler has joined his interests in technology and music. On June 21, the Nimbus Quartet will premier his "String Quartet #1 ('Juneau')" at 8 p.m. at the Decker Art Gallery located at 233 South Franklin.
Ohler used computer technology to compose the work. "Instead of a word processor, I used the computer as a note processor," Ohler said. The advantage of the computer, Ohler says, is "I can play 'what if'" and quickly make changes.
Ohler said composing with a computer forced him to make a deal with the devil. "You are forced to become part technician...immersed in the left side of your brain while the right screams for attention." Ohler estimates he spent 20 percent of his time composing the music for "Juneau" and 80 percent of his time working with the computer technology.
"We'll be offering technical know-how, information on computer and library support and more," according to Laraine Derr, assistant to the dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. Training was to be provided by Robbie Stell, Sherry Taber, Eileen Franson, Mike Ciri and Karen Cummins. The BBA classes will be taught by Mary King, Jim Goes, and Wayne Roberts.
Michael Ciri, UAS manager of computing services, said the copies of "Soundings" posted the longest have the most "hits." He thinks that means most of the users are searching for information and end up directed to the UAS newsletter. "There's a lot of useful information about UAS in "Soundings" that people who are searching can find."
Ciri said the fewer "hits" on the most recent issues indicates most faculty and staff don't go to the homepage for Soundings. "Many people probably don't know it's available." Those wanting to read "Soundings" will find it at the following address: http://www.jun.alaska.edu/uas/new